Chrissy Teigen kicked off 2019 with a viral moment, and yes, her eyeball is fine

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Chrissy Teigen kicked off 2019 with a viral moment, and yes, her eyeball is fine

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For Chrissy Teigen, hugs are awesome, umbrella points are not.
For Chrissy Teigen, hugs are awesome, umbrella points are not.

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2017%2f09%2f01%2fdc%2f1bw.3febfBy Shannon Connellan

Chrissy Teigen has already kicked off 2019 with a viral moment, but it must have hurt a bit.

The Queen of Twitter was co-hosting NBC’s live New Year’s Eve from New York’s Times Square with her pal, Saturday Night Live favourite Leslie Jones, when the pair went in for a hug at midnight.

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But Jones, shielded from the wet weather by a treacherous plastic umbrella, proved difficult to get to, with Teigen leaning in for a hug but instead taking an umbrella point straight to the eye.

The awkward but rather funny moment was not only seen on live television, but rewatched in videos like the above, which clocked up millions of views.

Here it is again, with co-host Carson Daly oblivious to the commotion as he enjoyed his midnight champagne on the right.

Like anyone who’d just poked their buddy in the eye, Jones posted her apologies and disdain for umbrellas on Twitter immediately after the doomed hug. “Ugh I can’t believe I hit @chrissyteigen in face!! Lordt!! I love you boo!!” she tweeted.

And guys, Teigen’s alright, immediately responding to Jones on Twitter, with a perfect pun no less. “EYE’M FINE BABY. I hug too hard what can I say,” she tweeted.

7am. Heading back out to time’s square to find my eyeball

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 1, 2019

Folks on Twitter couldn’t contain themselves, offering up their concern for Teigen, but also having a bit of a chuckle.

This is everything I need to start a new year. I can’t stop laughing.

— Stevie Kae (@steviekae) January 1, 2019

Goes to show, it doesn’t matter how messed up the execution is, Teigen can smooth anything over into a viral moment.

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